The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country may look a lot like the one Chrysler has been selling for the last few years. But back in 2011, the Town & Country received a thorough rejuvenation, including a fresh interior and a new V6, which dramatically improved its driving experience and its list of standard equipment. It was finally the well-rounded product that it should have been from the beginning.
Compared to its mechanical twin — the very similar, bargain-priced Dodge Grand Caravan — the Town & Country is pricier. However, it also comes with a lot more standard equipment, including a DVD entertainment system and leather upholstery. And a recently added S model brings a sporty flair to the table.
There’s clearly a market for luxurious minivans. Particularly when loaded with options, the Town & Country undercuts comparably equipped Japanese-brand competitors by thousands of dollars without feeling excessively cheap inside. In fact, the dressy interior delivers quite a sense of occasion.
What’s New for 2016?
The only change for 2016 is a new Anniversary Edition package for the midlevel Touring-L model. See the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country models for sale near you
What We Like
Lots of standard luxuries; responsive steering and handling; handy 1-touch-folding seats; good value relative to other fancy minivans
What We Don’t
Less spacious than primary competitors; flat third-row seats; the mechanically identical Dodge Grand Caravan is far cheaper; interior is starting to feel dated
The Town & Country is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that’s rated at 283 horsepower and 260 lb-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s only available with front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is about average for the class at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Standard Features & Options
The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country is offered in six trim levels: LX, Touring, Town & Country S, Touring-L, Limited and Limited Platinum.
The base-level LX ($31,000) includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, tri-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth for phone and audio, Chrysler’s Uconnect system with a 6.5-in touchscreen, a backup camera, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a single screen, satellite radio, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, dual power-sliding doors and a power lift gate.
Next up is the Touring ($32,700), which adds automatic headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat and fog lights.
The sporty Town & Country S ($35,000) features sporty body accents such as darkened head-lamp bezels, a black chrome grille, 17-in polished alloy wheels with painted pockets and more. The S model’s interior is rendered in all black with Torino leather seats that have the letter S embroidered on the seatbacks, as well as contrast stitching, piano-black trim and a black headliner. It comes with a performance suspension. It is only available in black, white, dark-red or dark-silver exterior colors.
The Touring-L ($36,700) ditches the unique styling cues (and performance suspension) found on the Town & Country S. But it adds heated mirrors, automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, a remote starter, second- and third-row window shades and a blind spot monitoring system.
Next up is the Limited ($39,200), which adds keyless access, heated front and second-row seats, a power-folding and power-reclining third-row seat and a navigation system.
Topping the range is the Limited Platinum ($41,500), which has power-adjustable pedals, xenon headlamps, a power sunroof, a 9-speaker audio system, enhanced leather upholstery with suede accents and a heated steering wheel.
Note that many of the fancier models’ features are optional on lesser Town & Country models.
The 2016 Town & Country comes with standard stability control, anti-lock disc brakes and seven airbags (front, front-side, full-length, side-curtain and driver’s-knee), a rear backup camera and a trailer-sway control system. Options include automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors and a blind spot monitoring system, all of which are standard on Touring-L, Limited and Limited Platinum models.
In government crash testing, the Town & Country received an overall rating of four stars out of five, including four stars for frontal impacts, five stars for side impacts and four stars in the rollover test. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety deemed the Grand Caravan Good — the highest possible rating — in every category except for the firm’s new small front-overlap test, where it received a troubling Poor rating.
Behind the Wheel
The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country has plenty of power under the hood and delivers quick manual shifts with the automatic’s shifter in AutoStick mode. We love the hushed, smooth highway ride, as well. Full loads rarely present a problem, though you may notice that the V6 is a bit soft at low engine speeds if you’re a speed demon.
Anyone who expects that minivans are nothing more than porky, tippy kid shuttles will be pleasantly surprised by the Town & Country’s handling derived from excellent body control and crisp steering. This gives the Town & Country a sense of maneuverability that’s absent from some vans. The S model gets even better thanks to its retuned suspension.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Honda Odyssey — The Honda Odyssey boasts an impressive technology suite and comfy accommodations, but its dull dynamics and odd styling present question marks. Few minivans, however, offer the sort of interior flexibility and ergonomic usefulness that characterize the Odyssey.
2016 Kia Sedona — The recently redesigned Kia Sedona is an excellent new minivan that offers a long list of available features and a flexible, practical interior for a reasonable price. As minivans go, it’s among the best.
2016 Toyota Sienna — The Sienna is huge inside but rather devoid of character compared to the Town & Country. It also offers a novel split-screen entertainment system that allows two kids to do their own thing simultaneously.
Used Chevrolet Suburban — If you want all the room of a minivan but the versatility of an SUV, you should check out the gigantic Chevy Suburban. Prices are steep, though, so you may have to consider a used model.
We think the base-level Town & Country LX offers the best value in this bunch. While higher-level models are also nice, the LX boasts the best bang for your buck. But if you plan on spending big money for a minivan, we instead suggest shopping newer, higher-tech competitors such as the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona or Toyota Sienna. Find a Chrysler Town & Country for sale